Xiaoli (Laura) Li, Ph.D.

School of Engineering - Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Learned Hall
Room 4141B
University of Kansas
1530 W. 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045

Research Interests

CO2 enhanced oil recovery and storage

Phase behavior of solvents-reservoir fluids systems

Multi-phase flow in porous media

Shale gas reservoir development

Anti-scaling and anti-waxing in oilfield


Ph.D., Petroleum Systems Engineering, University of Regina

M.S., Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum

B.S., Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum


  • C&PE 327 Reservoir Engineering I
  • C&PE 619 Petroleum Engineering Lab
  • C&PE 651 Undergraduate Problems
  • C&PE 803 Research
  • C&PE 904 Research

Selected Publications

Zheng, R., Li, S., & Li, X (2018). Sensitivity Analysis of Hydrate Dissociation Front Conditioned to Depressurization and Wellbore Heating. Marine and Petroleum Geology, Accepted/In press. Available online at http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0264817218300102

Yang, G., Jiang, R., & Li, X (2018). Evaluation of Polymer Flooding Performance using Water-­Polymer Interference Factor for an Offshore Oilfield in Bohai Gulf: A Case Study. SPE 190253, to be presented at the SPE Improved Oil Recovery conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, April 14-16, 2018. 

Li, X., Han, H., Yang, D., Liu, X., & Qin, J. (2017). Phase Behavior of C3H8-CO2-Heavy Oil Systems in the Presence of Aqueous Phase under Reservoir Conditions. Fuel209, 358-370.

Fan, Z., Yang, D., & Li, X. (2017). Determination of Three-Phase Relative Permeability in CHOPS Processes by Use of An Iterative Improved Ensemble Smoother. (., & .). SPE Reservoir Characterisation and Simulation Conference(SPE 186080) 18. Abu Dhabi, UAE: SPE. https://www.onepetro.org/conference-paper/SPE-186080-MS

Li, X., Yang, D., & Fan, Z. (2017). Vapor-Liquid Phase Boundaries and Swelling Factors of C3H8-n-C4H10-CO2-Heavy Oil Systems under Reservoir Conditions. Fluid Phase Equilibria434.

Li, X., & Yang, D. (2016). Binary Interaction Parameters of CO2-Heavy-n-Alkanes Systems by Using Peng-Robinson Equation of State with Modified Alpha Function. Fluid Phase Equilibria 417, 77-86.

Shi, Y., Li, X., & Yang, D. (2016). Non-Equilibrium Phase Behaviour of Alkane Solvent(s)-CO2-Heavy Oil Systems under Reservoir Conditions. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research55(10), 2860-2871.

Li, X., Yang, D., & Fan, Z. (2014). Phase behaviour and viscosity reduction of CO2-heavy oil systems at high pressures and elevated temperaturesSPE Heavy Oil Conference-Canada

Li, X., Li, H., & Yang, D. (2013). Determination of Multiphase Boundaries and Swelling Factors of Solvent(s)-CO2-Heavy Oil Systems at High Pressures and Elevated Temperatures. Energy Fuels27(3), 1293-1306.

Li, X., & Yang, D. (2013). Determination of Mutual Solubility between CO2 and Water by Using Peng-Robinson Equation of State with Modified Alpha Function and Binary Interaction Parameter. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research52(38), 13829-13838.

Li, H., Yang, D., & Li, X. (2013). Determination of Three-Phase Boundaries of Solvent(s)-CO2-Heavy Oil Systems under Reservoir Conditions. Energy Fuels27(1), 145-153.

Fan, Z., Chen, L., & Li, X. (2013). The Productivity Derivation of Individual Longitudinally Fractured Horizontal Well., 5(6), 945-953.

Li, X., Zhang, J., & Yang, D. (2012). Determination of Antiscaling Efficiency and Dissolution Capacity for Calcium Carbonate with Ultrasonic Irradiation. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research51(27), 9266-9274.

Selected Presentations

Li, X. & Chai, D. (2017). Characterization of Nanoscale Gas Transport in Shale Formations. 2017 AGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 11-15, 2017.

Li, X. (10/01/2015 - 10/31/2015). Saturation pressures and swelling factors of reservoir fluids. Graduate research seminar. KU

Li, X. & Yang, D. (10/15/2014 - 10/17/2014). Phase Behaviour of C3H8-n-C4H10-CO2-Heavy Oil Systems under Reservoir Conditions. Presented at the IEA 35th Annual Symposium on Enhanced Oil Recovery. Beijing, China

Han, H., Li, X., Liu, X., Qin, J. & Yang, D. (10/15/2014 - 10/17/2014). Phase Behaviour of C3H8-CO2-Heavy Oil Systems in the Presence and Absence of Water under Reservoir Conditions. Presented at the IEA 35th Annual Symposium on Enhanced Oil Recovery. Beijing, China

Li, X., Yang, D. & Fan, Z. (06/10/2014 - 06/12/2014). Phase Behaviour and Viscosity Reduction of CO2-Heavy Oil Systems at High Pressures and Elevated Temperatures. Paper presented at the SPE Heavy Oil Conference. Calgary, AB, Canada

Selected Awards & Honors

2016 Governor General's Gold Medal
University of Regina

Outstanding contribution to the ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing
Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering Elsevier

Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada

Shen Kuo Travel Bursary
University of Regina, Canada

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